The Sport Science major is one of five majors of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree (BSpC), which is a unique blend of practical application and theory that will immerse you in the sociology, science, theory and practice of sport and sport coaching.
Choosing this major will enable students to specialise in two or three chosen areas of sport science including Sport Psychology, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Biomechanics, Strength and Conditioning, and Performance Analysis. The major also offers a strong pathway for suitably capable students to progress to the Master of Sport Science degree.
Why study Sport Science at UC?
- In the third year, students will be able to carry out an internship, working closely with a professional strength and conditioning coach in a senior sports team.
- The degree also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education and health teaching, with the option to include an additional teaching subject such as mathematics or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.
- At UC, all sport coaching courses are open to students from other degrees and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree.
Applicants under 20 must have University Entrance. Applicants over 20 must provide evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully.
The Sport Science major consists of 135 points of compulsory courses in sports coaching, and a choice of eight optional courses (from 100-300 level), including four at 300-level.
The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:
- SPCO101 Introduction to Sport Coaching
- SPCO102 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Coaching
- SPCO104 Anatomy and Physiology
- SPCO105 Social History of Sport and Physical Education
- SPCO110 Practicum 1
- SPCO201 Athlete-Centered Coaching 1 OR SPCO302 Athlete Centered Coaching 2
- SPCO208 Sport and Culture in New Zealand
- SPCO209 Exercise Physiology
- SPCO302 Athlete-Centered Coaching 2 OR (200 level) SPCO201 Athlete-Centered Coaching 1
- SPCO320 Internship
Across your three years of study, you are required to choose eight courses (120 points) from all three levels towards the Sport Science major, and must include a minimum of four (60 points) from 300-level courses.
- SPCO204 Biomechanics
- SPCO221 Sports Injuries and their Management
- SPCO223 Applied Sport Psychology
- SPCO231 Introduction to Performance Analysis
- SPCO241 Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
- SPCO242 Weight Management
- SPCO304 Applied Biomechanics
- SPCO309 Applied Exercise Physiology
- SPCO331 Performance Analysis 2: Tools and Techniques
- SPCO332 Applied Performance Analysis
- SPCO341 Strength and Conditioning for Sports Performance
- SPCO343 Nutrition and Recovery for Sports Performance
Double majors may be completed in any combination of the Majors of the BSpC. For any double major combination, SPCO320 Internship must be in one or more of the subject areas.
Sport Science may also be taken as a minor subject and enables students to select up to two areas of speciaisation in the sport sciences. To complete the minor, students are required to take a total of five course (75 points) from Schedule C to the Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Sports Coaching.
The BSpC degree provides students with transferable career skills that are highly valued in the workforce, not just in sport and related fields, but also in business and corporate management. Strong practical elements, including a 120-hour internship in the final year will help motivate students to excel in their chosen field and provide the motivation to seek the job they want.
Job options for those taking sport science could be working as an exercise physiologist, high performance coach, fitness trainer, teacher, research scientist, or sports administrator.
Recent UC Sport Coaching graduates have become health advisors, sports coaches, performance analysts, personal trainers, policy analysts, teachers, managers in community sports coaching organisations, outdoor recreation guides, school sports directors and community development officers.
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